About the Festival
In the development of a partnership that has allowed, in the past, the “Festival of Music in the Palace” and the first edition of the International Piano Festival of Oeiras in 2018, the City Hall of Oeiras and the Academy of Music Flor da Murta will promote the Second International Piano Festival of Oeiras. The Festival will run from June 23 to July 28, 2019 in the Auditorium Ruy de Carvalho in Carnaxide.
The Festival will bring to the Municipality of Oeiras some of the most renowned pianists such as Piotr Anderszewski, Jan Michiels, Grigory Gruzman, Irit Rub and Portuguese, including Jorge Moyano and Teresa da Palma Pereira. The recitals will take place every Sunday from June 23 until July 28.
At the opening of the Festival, a personality will be honored as distinguished in the knowledge, in the creation, interpretation or diffusion of the erudite music, in general, or of the piano repertoire in particular. It is a fair tribute to all those who work to ensure that the right to culture is not a dead letter.
The institutionalization of the Festival aims, therefore, to be the engine of the development of musical events of great level in Oeiras, searching through music to contribute to the quality of life of all the citizens.
As in other years the Festival is accompanied by masterclasses for young pianists and advanced students of Portuguese and foreign schools to be held in the beautiful space of the Palácio da Flor da Murta. The Festival will also have the presence of the Israeli pianist Irit Rub, who runs an educational project with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, prestigious orchestra which was conducted by Leonard Bernstein and Zubin Mehta.
The Festival seeks an effect of cultural community empowerment, to convert Oeiras into a Cultural Reference Council and overcome the cultural exclusion that many citizens continue to be subject to, in particular, providing the people of Oeiras with access to great music and great interpreters and calling to Oeiras all who seek quality musical events in Portugal.
The Direction of the Academy of Music Flor da Murta
Teresa da Palma Pereira
- 23rd June
Teresa da Palma Pereira
After finishing her studies at Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa with the maximum classification under the supervision of the pianist Tania Achot, and a master's degree in piano performance at Catholic University of Porto with Filipe Pinto Ribeiro, she continued her musical studies at Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel with Jan Michiels and in Madrid with Claudio Mehner. She obtained her PHD degree in 2015 with “Summa cum laude” at the Escola das Artes of the Catholic University Porto under the orientation of the pianist Sofia Lourenço and the composer Paulo Ferreira Lopes.
She won several national and international prizes, including “Maria Campina” and “Princess Lalla Meryem”, and performed as soloist with the Brussels Chamber Orchestra, as a prize of Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel Competition for students of all instruments. She has played, since 2006, in countries as France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Brazil and China, as well as in the main Portuguese festivals and concert halls, including Dias da Música, Sintra Festival, Oeiras Festival, Mafra Festival, Centro Cultural de Belém, Auditório Ruy de Carvalho, Centro Cultural de Cascais and Olga Cadaval Cultural Center, as soloist and with the leading Portuguese orchestras and conductors.
She is the author of the book "Schumann´s Carnaval: work of genius and madness" (based in her PhD dissertation and with a preface of Professor Mário de Vieira de Carvalho) and has recorded four CDs: "Waltz Transfigured" with works by Schubert and Schumann, “Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1" with Orquestra do Norte, "Encounter", with works by Mozart and Schumann and the most recent "Identity", with music by Debussy, Prokofiev and Liszt.
Pianist of great originality, Teresa da Palma Pereira has been dedicated, in the last years, to a set of projects that aim to bring erudite music to new audiences, performing several cycles of commented recitals, as "Communication with music", "Classics outdoors", Classics for All" and " Classics in the Bookstore", at Fundação Portuguesa das Comunicações, Palace of the Aciprestes, in Linda-a-Velha, social quarters and the bookstore “Ler Devagar”, in Alcântara, respectively.
She´s also the Artistic Director of the Oeiras International Piano Festival since 2018.
- 30th June
Piotr Anderszewski is regarded as one of the outstanding musicians of his generation.
He appears regularly in recital at such concert halls as the Wiener Konzerthaus, Berlin Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. His collaborations with orchestra have included appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic and Berlin Staatskapelle orchestras, the London Symphony and Philharmonia orchestras and the NHK Symphony Orchestra. He has also placed special
emphasis on playing and directing, working with orchestras such as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Camerata Salzburg.
In the 2018-19 season Anderszewski will appear with (among others) the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. His recitals in Europe will take him to the Berlin Philharmonie, the Lucerne Music Festival, Wiener Konzerthaus and Munich Herkulessaal. He will also embark on a recital tour of the USA to include Alice Tully Hall in New York and San Francisco. Other projects include a residency in Lisbon with the Gulbenkian Orchestra and a European tour with the Belcea String Quartet.
Piotr Anderszewski has been an exclusive artist with Warner Classics/Erato (previously Virgin Classics) since 2000. His first recording for the label was Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, which went on to receive a number of prizes. He has also recorded Grammy-nominated discs of Bach's Partitas 1, 3 and 6 and Szymanowski's solo piano works, the latter also receiving a Gramophone award in 2006. His recording devoted to works by Robert Schumann received the BBC Music Magazine's Recording of the Year award in 2012. Anderszewski's disc of Bach's English Suites nos. 1, 3 and 5, released in November 2014, went on to win both a Gramophone award and an ECHO Klassik award in 2015. His most recent recording of two late Mozart concertos with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe was released in January 2018.
Recognised for his intensity and originality, Piotr Anderszewski has been a recipient of the Gilmore award, the Szymanowski Prize and a Royal Philharmonic Society award.
He has also been the subject of several documentaries by the film maker Bruno Monsaingeon. 'Piotr Anderszewski plays Diabelli Variations' (2001) explores Anderszewski's particular relationship with Beethoven's iconic work. 'Unquiet Traveller' (2008) is an unusual artist portrait, capturing Anderszewski's reflections on music, performance and his Polish-Hungarian roots.
In 2016 Anderszewski got behind the camera himself to explore his relationship with his native Warsaw, creating a film entitled 'Je m'appelle Varsovie'.
- 7th July
Born in St. Petersburg, he attended the special school of music for highly gifted children of the Academy of Music of St. Petersburg. During school, he has performed more than 300 times in his hometown and in other Russian cities.
He completed his studies at the University of Music in Jerusalem and then with Prof. Vitalij Margulis at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg, where he obtained his concert exam diplom. Grigory Gruzman won a special award at the International Piano Competition in Monza (Italy) and in 1984 was a finalist at the Vercelli International Piano Competition (Italy).
As a soloist, chamber musician (among others, as a member of the Shostakovich Trio) and director of international masterclasses, he performed in 1974 in almost all European countries, in the Far East, Australia, Latin America and in USA more than 1000 times. Everywhere, his recitals were greeted by the public, the press and professional circles with great enthusiasm. "I have been waiting all my life for such an interpretation of Rigoletto's Paraphrase," said Herbert von Karajan once who invited Gruzman to Salzburg. International critics have repeatedly described Shostakovich's trio that he co-founded as one of the best chamber music groups of current days.
Radio and television broadcasters around the world broadcast about 100 of their performances. His adaptation of Modest Mussorgsky's "Pictures of an Exhibition" for the piano trio received special attention worldwide. Likewise, the CD with the Études, Op. 10 and Op. 25 Frédéric Chopin (organophon 90,112) and his CD with works by Johann Sebastian Bach, George Gershwin and Friedrich Gulda (PianoPlay, organophon 90,126) were highly acclaimed.
From 1998 to 2006, Gruzman worked as a lecturer at the Hamburg University of Music and Theater. In 2006, he was appointed professor of Franz Liszt Music University in Weimar. As a pedagogue, Gruzman can contemplate the achievements of many of his students, who have been awarded in several national and international competitions.
From 2005 to 2014, Gruzman was president of the Rachmaninov International Society.
He was artistic director and chairman of the jury of three international Rachmaninov competitions for children and teenagers of different age groups. Gruzman is often the jury of several international competitions abroad.
Since 2006, he is permanent director and chairman of the jury of the Liszt International Young Pianist Competition (every three years in Weimar).
He is also a founding member of the Trialogue Musical ensemble.
In 2013, Gruzman was unanimously elected director of the Institute of Keyboard Instruments at the Weimar Academy of Music.
- 14th July
Jan Michiels studied with Abel Matthys at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. From 1988 to 1993 he studied at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin under the direction of Hans Leygraf - he was awarded an exceptional distinction for his interpretations of Bartók's Second concerto for piano and Ligeti's Etudes. He was Tenuto-laureate in 1988 ; in 1989 he won the international E.Durlet competition. In 1991 he was laureate of the international Queen Elizabeth Competition. In 1992 he was awarded the JeM/ Cera prize for musicians and in 1996 he was signed up as festival star of the Flanders Festival. He is also laureate of the 'Gouden Vleugels/KBC Muziekprijs' 2006.
Jan Michiels is currently active as piano professor in the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel, where he also led the class of contemporary music for eight years. He conducted masterclasses in London, Murcia, Hamburg, Oslo, Montepulciano, Szombathely (Bartokfestival). He is fellow in the 'Platform' (VUB-KCB/The Brussels Model) and prepares a doctorate in the arts with the 'New Prometheus' of Luigi Nono as a guide. He regularly performs as a soloist or with chamber music ensembles (a.o. the Piano Quartet "Tetra Lyre" and a piano duo with Inge Spinette) in several musical centres in Europe and Asia, with conductors such as Angus, Asbury, Baudo, Boreycko, Edwards, Eötvös, Märkl, Meylemans, Nézet-Séguin, Ono, Pfaff, Rahbari, Rundel, Soustrot, Stern, Tabachnik, Tamayo, Zagrosek, Zender - but also with dance-productions of Anna Teresa De Keersmaeker, Vincent Dunoyer and Sen Hea Ha. His repertoire reaches from Bach to today.
Apart from his many radio recordings, he also recorded cd's with works from a.o. Bach, Bartók, Beethoven, Brahms, Busoni, Debussy, Dvorák, Janácek, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Ligeti, Kurtág and Goeyvaerts (these three last composers appreciated very much his interpretations). The cd 'Via Crucis' - a Liszt-portrait (Eufoda) - received a Caeciliaprize in 2002. He played different complete cycles: all Beethoven sonatas, all pianoworks of Schoenberg, Webern and Berg and the complete chamber music with piano of Johannes Brahms.
- 21st July
One of Israel’s finest pianists, Irit Rub began musical studies at the age of five. She graduated from the Vienna Hochschule fur Musik where she studied with Prof. Hans Graf. After further studies with Prof. Arie Vardi at the Rubin Academy of Music of Tel-Aviv University, she earned her Artist’s Diploma with honors. Ms. Rub performs regularly as soloist and with various chamber ensembles. In Israel she performed as soloist with all the prominent orchestras, including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Zubin Mehta. She played in concert tours in Canada, South-Africa, Austria, Germany, France and Holland. She also collaborated with renowned artists during their visits to Israel, such as violinists Sarah Chang and Ivry Gitlis, tenor Daniel Johannsen, flutists Andrea Griminelli and Maxim Rubtsov, and lately with violinist Joshua Bell. The Tel Aviv Piano Duo which she formed in 1983 performed the world premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolle, during the Maestro’s last visit to Israel in 1989. Later that year, she was engaged to perform the London premiere of this work. In 1996 Ms. Rub formed the Idan Trio with violinist Yevgenia Pikovsky, principal second violin of the IPO, and cellist Shmuel Magen. The Trio performs regularly in Israel and abroad. They have recorded for the Israel Broadcasting Authority. Ms. Rub often performs with Yossi Arnheim, principal flutist of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. The duo performed six European tours and recorded two CDs. Their first CD, chamber music by Martinu recorded with string soloists of the Israel Philharmonic, received critical acclaim in the prestigious American Record Guide. Ms. Rub’s other CDs include the repertoire of Polish-born French composer Norbert Glanzberg and Israeli composers. In recent years she joined baritone David Sebba to perform the successful show Stand-Up Opera all over the Israel and in Estonia at the 2013 Tallinn Festival.
In addition to her activity as a concert pianist, Irit Rub is the initiator and director of the KeyNote program, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's music education and Community Outreach Project.
- 28th July
Jorge Moyano was born in 1951 and began his musical studies at Fundação Musical dos Amigos das Crianças.
In 1968, he completed the Superior Piano Degree at the National Conservatory of Music in Lisbon, and Chamber Music course with professor Maria Cristina Lino Pimentel. He also studied under the guidance of masters such as Helena Moreira de Sá e Costa, Karl Engel and Claude Helfer, among others.
However, in 1974 he finished his Civil Engineering course, and it was only in 1975, when he entered the Conservatory as a piano teacher, that he began to dedicate himself exclusively to music.
National prize holder, he teaches at the Superior School of Music in Lisbon and has a concert performer career. He has played at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and in Centro Cultural de Belém and abroad in musical seasons in Macau, Galicia, La Roque d'Athéron, among many others.
He has performed with several orchestras - Gulbenkian Orchestra, Portuguese Symphonic Orchestra, Porto National Orchestra, Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, Tokyo Symphonic Orchestra, European Community Chamber Orchestra and with many others in France, Belgium, Germany, Spain , Italy, Yugoslavia, Canada and Tunisia.
He edited a CD with works by Robert Schumann.